RITUAL TO BECOME A WITCH
Named after the Spanish village, Molina de Aragon, were it was first identified, aragonite has the same chemical composition as calcite, but with a different crystal structure that makes it harder and heavier. This striking crystal conjures up all manner of associations: a futuristic alien space city;an intrusion from an alternate reality; or the pristine expansion of order into space. Its ability to hold the imaginative mind in a form of creative trance makes aragonite a useful crystal for lateral thinking.
Identification and Care
- Crystals form long intergrown six-sided prisms around a common centre. These clusters are called “sputniks.”
- Tumbled stones often resemble solidified honey.
- Varieties of aragonite include iron flower, a fine dendritic aggregate; peastone, a mass of pea-sized lumps in a matrix; and sprudelstein, which has different coloured bands like agate.
- Pulls disparate elements together
- Provides a safe base from which to explore new possibilities.
Folk Names: Maidenhair Fern Venus Hair, Rock Fern
Powers: Beauty, Love
Magickal Uses: Immerse some maidenhair in water, then remove. If worn on the person or kept in the bedroom after this process it will grant you grace, beauty and love.Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs Scott Cunningham
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
In her short life Elizabeth manifested such great love for the poor and suffering that she has become the patroness of Catholic charities and of the Secular Franciscan Order. The daughter of the King of Hungary, Elizabeth chose a life of penance and asceticism when a life of leisure and luxury could easily have been hers. This choice endeared her in the hearts of the common people throughout Europe.
At the age of 14 Elizabeth was married to Louis of Thuringia (a German principality), whom she deeply loved; she bore three children. Under the spiritual direction of a Franciscan friar, she led a life of prayer, sacrifice and service to the poor and sick. Seeking to become one with the poor, she wore simple clothing. Daily she would take bread to hundreds of the poorest in the land, who came to her gate.
After six years of marriage, her husband died in the Crusades, and she was grief-stricken. Her husband’s family looked upon her as squandering the royal purse, and mistreated her, finally throwing her out of the palace. The return of her husband’s allies from the Crusades resulted in her being reinstated, since her son was legal heir to the throne.
In 1228 Elizabeth joined the Secular Franciscan Order, spending the remaining few years of her life caring for the poor in a hospital which she founded in honor of St. Francis. Elizabeth’s health declined, and she died before her 24th birthday in 1231. Her great popularity resulted in her canonization four years later.
Krafla Volcano, Iceland
November 17, 2011
Seen above is the water-filled maar (explosion crater) of Stora-Viti on the slopes of Krafla volcano near Reykjahlid, Iceland. There are actually two craters named Viti in Iceland: the other one is on the Askja volcano in the island’s central highlands. The Viti pictured here was blasted to life in 1724 at the beginning of the Myvatnseldar (“Myvatn fires”), a series of explosions, earthquakes, fires and flowing lava that lasted five years. Krafla sits atop the mid-Atlantic Ridge, one of the most geologically active spots on Earth. After a 250-year dormant period, Krafla erupted again from 1975 to 1984 (“Krafla Fires”). With all this activity it comes as no surprise that Iceland, known for its extensive use of geothermal energy, has a power station on the mountain just south of the lake. Photo taken September 10, 2011.
Photo details: Camera Maker: Canon; Camera Model: Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS; Focal Length: 5.0mm; Aperture: f/8.0; Exposure Time: 0.0050 s (1/200); ISO equiv: 80; Exposure Bias: none; Metering Mode: Matrix; White Balance: Auto; Flash Fired: No (enforced); Orientation: Normal; Color Space: sRGB.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
Explanation: This cosmic vista stretches almost 20 degrees across the gentle constellation Taurus. It begins at the Pleiades and ends at the Hyades, two of the best known star clusters in planet Earth’s sky. At left, the lovely Pleiades star cluster is about 400 light-years away. In a familiar celestial scene, the cluster stars shine through dusty clouds that scatter blue starlight. At right, the V-shaped Hyades cluster looks more spread out compared to the compact Pleiades and lies much closer, 150 light-years distant. Of course, the Hyades cluster stars seem anchored by bright Aldebaran, a red giant star with a yellowish appearance. But Aldebaran actually lies only 65 light-years away, by chance along the line of sight to the Hyades cluster. Faint dust clouds found near the edge of the Taurus Molecular Cloud are also evident throughout the remarkable 12 panel mosaic. The wide field of view includes the youthful star T Tauri and Hind’s variable nebula about four degrees left of Aldebaran on the sky.
Your Horoscope Holiday Heads-Up
- posted by Cait Johnson
By Cait Johnson, co-author of Celebrating the Great Mother (Inner Traditions, 1995).
Each sign of the zodiac embodies certain challenges and qualities. When we know what these are, our horoscope sun sign can give us such a useful heads-up on some things to watch out for in this sometimes-stressful holiday season! For instance, is your sign prone to over-socializing? You may want to rethink going to that thirteenth party. Does your sign need to run the show? You might delegate some of the responsibility before you burn right out.
Find out what your horoscope can tell you about the best way to have truly happy holidays. We even include a helpful holiday affirmation for each sun sign, right here:
Aries, March 21-April 19: Watch out for your tendency to think that only you can do everything: avoid holiday burn-out by delegating responsibilities whenever you can. And be sure to get plenty of outdoor exercise to help keep your fiery nature on an even keel: you don’t want an angry remark of yours to cause any rifts this holiday season. The holidays will still be beautiful even if everything doesn’t get done.
Taurus, April 20-May 21: Be aware that you can get just a little set in your ways around seasonal traditions. This year, try something new! Even if it only involves buying a tree you can plant after the holidays rather than a cut tree, or using your grandmother’s tablecloth on the festive table rather than the one you’ve used for years, remember: Change is good: embrace it.
Gemini, May 22-June 20: Be sure to take time as often as possible to ground and center yourself so that you can be deeply present in the moment rather than flitting from thing to thing. The deepest and most meaningful experiences are often found in stillness.
Cancer, June 21-July 22: This year, do what you can to accept and love your sensitive self as fully as possible; cultivate a positive relationship with the image in your mirror no matter how many cups of eggnog or slices of mince pie you consume. Remember, the body is the home and sanctuary of the soul. And there‘s no place like home.
Leo, July 23- Aug 22: This year, you may want to try creating opportunities for others to shine as brightly as you do: try coaching a children’s choir, or getting a group together to put on a benefit performance for a worthy cause. When we encourage others to glow, the whole world grows a little brighter.
Virgo, Aug 23-Sept 22: Your attention to detail could get compulsive unless you take some time to deeply enjoy the pleasures of the season. You might want to read up on essential oils or herbs that are seasonal allies. The earth and all her gifts are sacred and give me comfort.
Libra, Sept 23-Oct 22: Wanting to be all things to all people could lead you into an exhausting round of social obligations unless you set time aside for your own peace of mind. Maintaining a personal sense of balance is my most important task. It is not my sole responsibility to create harmony in every social situation.
Scorpio, Oct 23-Nov 21: Your easily-offended nature will have many opportunities to take umbrage unless you detach and try not to take things so personally during the festive season. Find heart’s ease in the deeper spiritual meaning of the holidays.
Sagittarius, Nov 22-Dec 21: Be wary of spreading yourself so thin and being the sparkling light in so many people’s lives that you neglect your own fire. Rekindle your spirit’s flame in the soothing dark and silence.
Capricorn, Dec 22-Jan 19: If you feel you must work hard and harder during the holidays, please do yourself and your loved ones a favor and take a break. Simply being, not producing or doing, is my first priority.
Aquarius, Jan 20-Feb 18: Be sure to set aside enough quiet time with your nearest and dearest; use your imagination to invent meaningful activities to share with those you love. I can use my creativity in the service of deeper connection with my loved ones.
Pisces, Feb 19-March 20: Your empathy with the sufferings of others will simply bring everyone around you down unless you find ways to channel it helpfully. Find something you can do on a local level to reach out and be of service. I can share in human joys as well as human suffering.
It’s the ‘Great American Smokeout’ today and if you’re one of the millions of smokers who are taking steps to quit, you might want to put this next Feng Shui idea to quit addiction in your proverbial pipe. This modality says that addictions such as smoking can be effectively addressed by using a specific space inside the main floor of your home. First, you need to find a photo of youreslf at a time in your life when you were not a smoker. That picture can be from when you were two months old or twenty-two years later, as long as the image reflects you in a happy state of mind and not yet smoking. You then need to place that photo in a wooden frame. Next, locate the Family/Friends area of the main floor of your living space and position this picture there. Place a lamp or even a green candle somewhere close by. If you can install a light of some sort, you will need to illuminate that image for at least three hours a day for 49 days straight. If you’re using a candle, make sure it’s green. Some Feng Shui purists says that only a green Buddha candle will work it’s anti-addiction magic for this cure. Either way, the only thing you should be lighting up for the next 49 days is that old photo of you. Soon enough, you’ll be smoke free and feeling fine. At least that’s the promise. But I can safely say that people have used this stop smoking cure to great success, so I am happy to share this information with confidence!
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
Family matters take center stage today. It’s possible that you’ll receive some good news from an old friend. Give of yourself today; it’s quite possible that a younger person will seek you out for help or advice.
About the Number 6
General Meaning: Fellowship. When communal bonds unite people, great success is possible. But such bonds can develop only when personal interests are subordinated to goals that serve the greater good of all. The broader the basis for action, the greater the benefits that can be achieved. And conversely, the greater the potential good, the more powerful the support behind it. A spirit of cooperation steadies the boat, but it helps to have a beautiful island to row towards.
Learn to respect the strength in diversity, for a community’s true power lies not in its numbers, but in the diverse skills and resources of its members. Just as the stoutest walls are reinforced with many different materials, so the strongest groups allow differences to co-exist inside the whole.
With a unified group solidly behind you, even difficult enterprises can be attempted without great risk.
|Stone Runes are most commonly used for questions about the natural world and things beyond human control. Ger is one of the runes that touches on the cycles of the year, in this case the fall harvest. These cycles are eternal, which is represented in the rune by the fact that it is unchanged by reversal. Ger can represent pregnancy or other forms of fruitfulness, and is especially indicative of the cycles of providence and karma – that which has been sown is now being reaped. This rune can also represent the cycles of wealth, for crops were frequently a sign of wealth.|
This Tarot Deck: Aquarian
In some instances, he is made out to be a carnival entertainer or a huckster. In others, he is portrayed as decrepit and vulnerable — as the cumulative result of his delusions and failures. Not until the 20th century do you see the popular Rider-Waite image of the Fool arise — that of an innocent Soul before its Fall into Matter, as yet untainted by contact with society and all its ills.
Modern decks usually borrow from the Rider-Waite imagery. Most Fool cards copy the bucolic mountainside scene, the butterfly, the potential misplaced step that will send the Fool tumbling into the unknown. Don’t forget, however, that the earlier versions of this card represented already-fallen humanity, over-identified with the material plane of existence, and beginning a pilgrimage towards self-knowledge, and eventually, wisdom. The Fool reminds us to recognize the path of personal development within ourselves — and the stage upon that path where we find ourselves — in order to energize our movement toward deeper self-realization.
It doesn’t matter what you have to do today because you’re in the mood to play rather than work. Instead of heading into the office, you would rather be off doing your own thing. Your creative potential is high now but you may feel as if you need to be less restricted in order to express what’s in your heart. Don’t wait for circumstances to change; make the best of what you have in the present moment.
You feel as if you deserve to be acknowledged and even appreciated by those close to you, yet you’re not sure that you want to share your feelings today. Your mixed messages make it challenging for others to connect with you. It’s really your choice; if you take a leap and reveal what’s in your heart, you can create a fertile environment for intimacy. Push back against your resistance by expressing your real intentions, even if it makes you uncomfortable. The likelihood of success makes this less of a gamble than you think.
You have a variety of things that you want to do today, but it’s easy to stack up one too many activities for such a limited amount of time. Your day only grows more complex if you are unable to say no. Although you may be looking forward to fun, your life becomes complicated if you’re so busy that you can’t give anything the attention it deserves. Fortunately, lightening up your calendar should have a positive impact on the rest of your week.
Your usual need for emotional safety might not serve you well today, making this a smart time to take a risk in the outer world. Although breaking out of your shell is probably the best thing you can do, overextending yourself could make you so uncomfortable that you run back to the seclusion of your private world. Instead, take a few methodical steps into your journey; start small and grow into your new strategy so you won’t have to retreat.
Although the Moon’s visit to your lively sign increases the activity level of your day, don’t take on so much that you burn yourself out before you’re ready to call it quits. However, doing too little can leave you feeling frustrated since you have so many things you want to accomplish. A more constructive approach is to concentrate on the most crucial tasks, leaving the other ones for another day.
You may have set your goals so high for today that you might be wise to cancel a few activities so you can recharge your batteries instead of running out of energy. You are uncharacteristically resistant to making a list of exactly what you want to do because you want some flexibility to relax. Nevertheless, it’s still best to give some structure to your day; ultimately setting a schedule will open up more time than making it up as you go along.
Your day may start on a rough note, but thankfully it improves through the afternoon and evening. You might want to take it easy, but hard work now brings bountiful rewards. Instead of ignoring your obligations as a team player today, fulfill your promises before you head off to enjoy yourself. Fortunately, your efforts will pay off many times over, making you glad that you took the more responsible path.
Trusting your intuition is your best strategy today, even if you’re unable to rationally explain how you arrived at your decision. Although you have a healthy balance between your career objectives and your personal values, you still might need to perform tasks you would rather leave behind. But don’t be overly concerned if your obligations don’t align with your long-term goals now because you might not be able to see your true trajectory from your current point of view.
While you know that practical concerns should be considered when making plans for your future, you’re tired of placing limits on yourself. You are tempted to ignore the current circumstances and just do as you please; however, you cannot avoid the reality of the present situation at work. Thankfully, after you finish assessing your current condition, you should be able to move ahead with a much clearer view of the future.
You’re not a stranger to hard work, yet you might talk about everything you want to do instead of actually doing it today. You are motivated by a strong desire to create a life of purpose, but your higher ideals don’t necessarily support the tasks that you need to complete. Procrastination doesn’t work in your favor because you still must meet your obligations. Instead of wasting time plotting your escape, just bite the bullet now and finish the job before doing anything else.
You like the idea of working by yourself, but the Moon’s visit to your 7th House of Partners makes it difficult to avoid others. You might become obsessive about evading someone you don’t want to see today, even if there’s no easy escape. Fortunately, once you are engaged in a social situation, you could quickly forget about your previous resistance. Make it easier on yourself by practicing flexibility earlier in the day instead of waiting for circumstances to force you to change your mind.
You may be unusually self-critical as you compare your performance at work to your original objectives. Or you might be unforgiving with a co-worker who isn’t holding up his or her end of the deal. Although your inclination is to be brutally honest today, this strategy could quickly turn a minor problem into a major event. You don’t need to say everything you feel now unless you can show extra kindness when stating your point of view.